Jayhawks get fourth-seed in loaded Midwest



March 18, 2019 - 10:21 AM

Kansas head coach Bill Self on the sidelines in the first half against Oklahoma on Jan. 2, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS

For No. 2 UK to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2015, it is possible the Wildcats will have to snuff out three Cinderella teams in the Midwest Region, then win a battle of college basketball blue bloods.

If seeds hold, Kentucky’s first three games in the 2019 NCAA Tournament will be against non-Power Five Conference foes:

— Abilene Christian. The private Christian university in Texas did not even join NCAA Division I until 2013-14. Also known as Wildcats, Coach Joe Golding’s team (27-6) won the Southland Conference Tournament even though leading scorer Jalone Friday and a second key player, guard B.J. Maxwell, were dismissed from the team in February.

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